Julian Mitchell in Conversation with Polly Toynbee Literature and Books

Julian Mitchell will be in conversation about his work for the theatre, for film and for television

He adapted Jane Austen’s Persuasion, Paul Scott’s Staying On and Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier for television. Among his original works, he is best known for his play, Another Country, recently revived in the West End and on tour. The Library has recently acquired his archive, including his diaries and correspondence.

Another Country is based on the life of the spy Guy Burgess and explores the tensions of politics and sexuality within the context of the hypocrisy of the English public school system in the 1930s. The play won the Olivier Award for Best Play in 1981 and Julian later wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation in 1984. Early productions of the play were instrumental in launching the careers of Rupert Everett, Kenneth Branagh, Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Firth, and Julian's involvement with these productions can be seen in the archive. He also won the SWET (later Olivier) Award in 1985 for After Aida his play about the composer, Giuseppe Verdi, and wrote the screenplay for the film Wilde. Julian also wrote numerous screenplays for the Inspector Morse series and the archive including notes on adapting Colin Dexter’s books for television, along with drafts, shooting scripts and other related papers.

The archive includes successive drafts of Julian’s work providing a real insight into his creative process and the subjects which inspired him. In addition, the archive includes correspondence with a wide range of people from theatre and television including the actors John Gielgud and Alec Guinness, the American writer, Philip Roth and the poet, Stephen Spender. A series of personal diaries, photographs and press cuttings are also included.

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Date(s)23 Feb 2017
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Date23 Feb 2017
Time(s)7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
CostFull price: £12, Member: £8, Senior 60+: £10, Student: £8, Registered Unemployed: £8, Under 18: £8, Friend of the BL: £8
VenueBritish Library
St Pancras, 96 Euston Road
Greater London
Phone01937 546546
CategoryLiterature and Books


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